The ACCC together with the Australian Privacy Commissioner are now reviewing the revealed information.
At a time of increased scrutiny of companies that collect masses of user data, two USA senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate a Google product called Location History. It is based on a recent report that claimed the American tech giant Google harvests large amounts of data from Android devices.
The ACCC's move follows software company Oracle accusing Google of harvesting a gigabyte of data from Australian mobiles monthly, costing Australians roughly $580 million in data charges. The ACCC is particularly concerned that digital platforms like Google and Facebook have tremendous influence on the advertising market.
The Oracle experts say phone owners' data ends up being consumed even if Google Maps is not in use or aeroplane mode is switched on. In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in Oracle's favour, ruling that Google did, in fact, steal intellectual property from Oracle "when it adopted Java naming protocols for Android app developers". "Most consumers do not understand the level, granularity, and reach of Google's data collection".
Google also mapped IP addresses and Wi-Fi connection spots where mobile phones connected or attempted to connect, the report says. We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the privacy commissioner, he further added. Regulators found that telecom service customers are unknowingly paying for gigabytes of mobile data mined by the USA tech giant.
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Earlier this year, social media giant Facebook Inc apologized after web marketing firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of obtaining users' data without permission for the 2016 election campaign of United States President Donald Trump.
"Google has an intimate understanding of personal lives as they watch their users' seek the support of reproductive health services, engage in civic activities, or attend places of religious worship", the senators wrote.
According to Oracle, Google is accessing information such as barometric pressure readings and coordinates, which could be used to work out whether someone is located outside or in a shopping centre. Currently, there are 10 million users in Australia using androids.
Location sharing was also said to be an opt-in.